Drug Possession Laws

Florida Drug Possession Laws

If you have been charged with a drug-related crime, you need a criminal defense attorney who can aptly fight the charges and protect your potential future. A drug arrest can lead to missed employment, loan and housing opportunities, and drug possession charges can be difficult to seal or expunge. 

Contact our Gainesville criminal defense law firm today if you've been charge with the possession of any type of regulated drug, whether it be:

  • Schedule I drugs (ex. heroin, psilocybin, mescaline)
  • Schedule II drugs (ex. cocaine, opium, Oxycodone, methamphetamine)
  • Schedule III (ex. anabolic steroids, Ketamine)
  • Schedule IV drugs (ex. Xanax)

Students of the University of Florida, Santa Fe Community College and other area schools and universities should contact our law firm immediately if they are charged or arrested for drug possession. Don't let your life get ruined before it truly starts — contact the Law Office of Silverman, Mack & Associates for experienced representation.

Drug Possession Charges: Prescription Drugs

Prescription drugs have rapidly surpassed many illegal drugs in both illicit use and criminal consequence. These drugs are particularly dangerous because of they are easily accessible, very powerful and carry significant legal penalties, including mandatory minimum prison sentences for possession of even small amounts of prescription drugs. Our criminal defense lawyers have found that many defendants charged with trafficking in these drugs are simply addicts who buy or sell small amounts of these drugs to support their addiction.  

All charges related to prescription drug charges are serious; nearly all are at least a third degree felony, punishable by up to five (5) years in prison. Many carry mandatory prison sentence ranging from 3 years to 25 years. There are some defenses to a prescription drug charge depending on the facts of your case. For example, possessing prescription drugs prescribed to you is legal. Further, even if you have no legal defense to the criminal charge, you may qualify for a diversionary program such as drug court or a pre-trial intervention.  

If you are accused or charged with a criminal offense related to prescription drugs, contact a qualified defense attorney immediately. All of the criminal attorneys at the Law Office of Silverman, Mack & Associates have extensive experience in dealing with charges related to prescription drugs. Call us today to see if we can help with your case.

Drug Arrest: Marijuana

While many states move toward legalization of marijuana, the Florida legislature continues to move in the opposite direction, cracking down on possession of marijuana as well as any “drug paraphernalia”. In Florida, possession of any amount of marijuana, even “shake” (the small amount marijuana typically left at the bottom of the plastic bag or other container in which the marijuana was stored) can lead to a conviction. Further, possession of marijuana over 20 grams can lead to felony charges.  

While most citizens believe possession of small amounts of marijuana for personal use is acceptable, law enforcement and the Office of the State Attorney still actively prosecute these cases. Possession of even a tiny amount of marijuana can subject someone to the possibility of a year in jail. Further, a conviction for possession of any amount of marijuana will lead to an automatic suspension of your driver’s license, even if the charge has nothing to do with a vehicle!

If you are charged with possession of marijuana, you should take the charge very seriously. A conviction will cause not only the regular criminal penalties, but you will lose your license for two years (a time period four times longer than for a first-time DUI conviction). Call an experienced criminal defense attorney as soon as possible after you are arrested or charged with possession of marijuana.